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Deportation Memorial

Ile de la Cite, 75004 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #99 of 691 attractions in Paris
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Description: Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 French citizens who died in concentration camps during World War II.
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Big Rapids, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have visited several Holocaust museums and memorials, including Dachau and Babiyar. This was the least moving memorial I have ever been to. Starting with a thoroughly unpleasant "guard", who triumphantly and nastily "regulates" the flow into the place (is this part of it?), the subtle memorials inside can be seen in about 5 minutes, since you cannot leave the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

As others have said, this is a very simple memorial that tells a big story. If you realize that each light represents someone deported during the war, you realize how much it says. Knowing most of these "lights" died because of these actions is a solemn reminder of horrors past. At the point of Ile de la Cite, it is... More

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Irvine, CA
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The simplicity of this memorial stands in contrast to the grandeur of all that surrounds it. It is very much worth a visit for some contemplation. The setting is quite stunning and the memorial sobering.

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

This monument is located in the garden near the Notre dame. It is a simple one. You walk down a couple of steps and stand in front of it. You can climb a few steps and enter a sort of cave where all the names of the concentration camps are written on the walls. Time to reflect and think about... More

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Halifax, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Very stark, very simple. Very sobering. Something to see. A quiet, respectful memorial. You don't need to take a lot of time, but definitely something you should make the time to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Under the shadow of the massively impressive Notre DAme,this simple but inspiring memorial puts it all in perspective. A sobering thought just how much French people were affected by the war.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It's a simple, stylistic memorial. Just spend a few quiet minutes reflecting on mans' inhumanity to man.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Inaugurated on April 12th, 1962 by Charles de Gaulle, the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation is located on the eastern tip of Ile de la Cite. It is a free “attraction” that is open any day of the week except Monday. I made a couple of visits here during my four days on the islands. After reading a... More

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washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have seen many Holocaust memorials in my life, and this is probably the most moving. It is not a museum, but rather a physical expression of the captivity and death of the French Jews deported to the concentration camps. It must be seen to understand its impact. The architecture and relative simplicity add to the experience. Note that this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Not sure whether I missed something- fine to have a quick (five minute) look at if you want to kill time, but don't go out of your way.

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